The NFL has come down hard with new rules regarding the potential rescheduling of games this season due to a COVID outbreak from unvaccinated players.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league informed all 32 teams that if a game can’t be rescheduled in the 18-week season, the team that had the outbreak from player(s) that were not vaccinated will have to forfeit the game.

The new rule could have a major impact on playoff seedings and team records. On top of that, though, the team that caused the outbreak will be subject to penalty from the league. Neither team will get paid for that week as well if the game isn’t played.

Accessibility in team facilities has begun to open up following the creation of COVID vaccines. The NFL’s goal was to have each team get up to 85 percent of their roster vaccinated by the time the season comes around. This new rescheduling rule puts even more of an emphasis on players to receive a COVID vaccination.

Judy Batista of the NFL Network reported on Thursday that 14 teams have at least 85 precent of their players vaccinated and that 78 percent of players throughout the whole league have at least one vaccination shot.

Rescheduling was rampant throughout the 2020 NFL season. It was the first time in league history that an NFL game was played on every single day of the week at least once. It wasn’t by choice, as numerous teams had a COVID spread through the locker room, causing teams to change bye weeks and play on a variety of days.

While the Bucs didn’t have to reschedule a day to play a game, they did have to change a kickoff time. Due to precautions stemming from a game the Raiders played the week before, the Bucs’ Week 7 road win against Las Vegas was moved to a 4:05 start so NBC’s Sunday Night Football could make sure they had a nationally televised game in the event of a cancelation.

The Bucs were also hit with the ramifications of the virus, as key players such as Donovan Smith and Ronald Jones II missed a game from being placed on the reserve/COVID list and Devin White even missed Week 17 and the Wild Card Round in the postseason after testing positive for COVID.

Training camp for the Bucs is set to kickoff on Sunday July 25, as they prepare to defend their Super Bowl LV Championship and go for two.

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mark2001
6 months ago

Who wants to be the guy to cause their brothers in Pewter to miss a paycheck because they won’t take a vaccine? Cost their owners for the opposing teams expenses…travel, hotel, and such. And possibly face other league penalties? We will see.

TBAtlas
Reply to  mark2001
6 months ago

Well, we just found out that it’s going to be Fournette. I would honestly just not wait and cut him now after last year’s “will he, won’t he” and now this. I do NOT want this team losing games because of COVID.

Horse
6 months ago

No reason not to be at 100% vaccinated.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Horse
6 months ago

It’s a personal choice and one that’s starting to be taken away. I am not vaccinated, nor will I get vaccinated. They are going to start forcing players to get it before long and it will not be good. I’ll bet on myself and take my chances. Thanks.

TBAtlas
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
6 months ago

Too bad “betting on yourself” is actually pulling everyone else into it. It’s going to get real ugly REAL quick when we forfeit a game because of some chucklehead that thinks it’s some galaxy-brain play to not take the vaccine.
It honestly reminds me of players who choose those deliberately dumb dialogues in RPGs with their only justification being “because I can lol”.

mark2001
Reply to  TBAtlas
6 months ago

And lets not forget when all the other players lose the salary for that game. I mean, a million bucks and more for many of these guys. Frankly, many of these guys shoot all kinds of pain killers and such in their bodies. And we know how potentially harmful they can be.

Last edited 6 months ago by mark2001
Gatorbait36
Reply to  TBAtlas
6 months ago

Here we go with fear police….give it a rest.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  TBAtlas
6 months ago

Lol ok. So now we’re saying games are more important than someone’s rights? Just like you have the right to get it, I have the right not too. They shouldn’t be punished for it or looked down upon like they are inferior which many of you do and it’s pathetic.

mark2001
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
6 months ago

Just hope you have a good insurance policy for your family. I’d hate to see any innocents suffer if you get the virus.

RW
RW
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
6 months ago

Well if it only affected you I wouldn’t care what you do but it’s like driving drunk. You’ll probably be OK but if you aren’t it’s likely you’ll take some else down with you.

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  RW
6 months ago

Lol sure.

Gatorbait36
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
6 months ago

Agree with whatever choice you want to make or anyone else. Medical records are protected by law, this should be a dead issue because nobody should know but you.

scubog
6 months ago

I had my two shots. Here’s what I know. If a person chooses to get vaccinated aren’t they protected from the person infected who chose not to be stuck? I can’t control what other people choose to do. Nor should I attempt to do so. I sure wish people would stop politicizing everything.

Horse
Reply to  scubog
6 months ago

I’m with you on this Scubog. I got my shots first week in January, I no longer have any empathy for anyone who gets COVID 19 that’s an adult and hasn’t gotten a shot. I find myself not giving a shit about them as I’m not wearing a mask anymore, unless mandated to do so. Next step to punish those who don’t get shots will be insurance company’s not covering them. I hope team players will be after the one’s who didn’t get their shots because now it effects their pocketbooks and the games. No clue why anyone would take… Read more »

Gatorbait36
Reply to  Horse
6 months ago

What is the actual “risk” of not getting the shot you speak of? I don’t get how people keep using “fear” as a motivator. Obviously, the vast majority of people aren’t scared anymore. I go to the gym five days a week (no masks in sight). I go to Publix twice a week (no masks in sight). According to the math, I should be seeing 35% or more with masks.
What’s your next argument now that I have taken fear away from you?

plopes808
Reply to  scubog
6 months ago

Those last 2 sentences say it all…well said Scubog

plopes808
6 months ago

Antonio Hamilton has a good point…we all “know” that the vaccine neither protects you from infection nor transmission. (I used quotations since none of us really knows anything.) This virus has been around 2 years and we don’t know for sure the long term effects of the virus OR the vaccine. That said, everyone is so quick to jettison a player who would refuse the vaccine, but what happens if it’s a vaccinated player who spreads the virus? Does the NFL still sanction that team and player? Also, for all those shouting about “protecting others” my question to you is… Read more »